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The importance of aerobic exercise

Put your heart into it! The importance of aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise Cardiovascular (cardio) exercise – also known as aerobic exercise – is any activity that makes you puff. It works the heart, lungs, and muscles – all of which help the body to burn  calories. The current exercise recommendations for…


Exercises to improve gait

Exercises to improve gait Parkinson’s causes changes in walking.  This occurs due to the nervous system not being able to send the messages correctly to the muscles – not the muscles themselves. Therefore, to improve your walking you must give your body stimulus to activate the nerve pathways.  This can…


Wellness Wednesday’s

Are you watching our Wellness Wednesday's videos? Wellness Wednesday's videos are hosted by Parkinson’s NSW and feature Exercise Physiologist Alyson Blanks and other Parkinson's health professionals. Topics include short and easy exercises you can do anywhere, nutritional advice, tips on mindfulness and other health matters. You can join in on…


Neuroprotective benefits of exercise

Neuroprotective benefits of exercise Exercise for people with living with Parkinson’s exercise is not only healthy – it is vital for maintaining balance, mobility, and daily living activities. There is also a potential neuroprotective effect. Exercising enhances the sense of wellbeing, even across different disease stages and severities. How can…


Posture exercises

Quick Daily Exercises for Parkinson’s Specific Symptoms Posture exercises With Parkinson’s comes poor posture.  The shoulders slump, the chin sticks out and the elbows and knees tend to bend slightly.   This makes the following more difficult to do. Deep breathing Swallowing Speaking clearly and loudly Moving, balancing and walking. You…


New years exercise resolutions

your NEW YEAR Exercise RESOLUTION It's that time of year to focus on your New Year's resolution.  Hopefully, increasing your exercise is one of them.   Many people start an exercise routine but before Easter the enthusiasm has fizzled out. However, you can improve your chances for long-term success by following…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Massud Chopan

My [Parkinson’s] Life Having Parkinson’s is just one aspect of a person’s life story. We want to share more stories of the varied lives of people currently living with Parkinson’s.  Massud Chopan Massud Chopan, 37, was a sports fanatic at school and worked for his dad during the school holidays…


Flexibility exercises part 2

Flexibility and stretching exercises - part 2 Due to increasing rigidity or stiffness, individuals living with Parkinson's will benefit from frequent stretching and flexibility exercises. Stretching activities assist in keeping a good range of movement. These types of exercises require you to hold the position and relax. Allow the muscle to gently stretch…


Flexibility exercises part 1

Flexibility and stretching exercises  Due to increasing rigidity or stiffness, individuals living with Parkinson's will benefit from frequent stretching and flexibility exercises. Stretching activities assist in keeping a good range of movement. These types of exercises require you to hold the position and relax. Allow the muscle to gently stretch and feel lengthened. …


Exercising in different climates

Research into exercise in different climates Researchers at James Cook University (JCU) and La Trobe University conducting research with ambulatory patients who are performing twice-weekly exercises that  include aerobics plus strengthening or flexibility training. Research has found that Parkinson’s patients who exercise for at least 2.5 hours weekly also experience a slower decline in their…


Balance Exercises

Simple Balance exercises to do at home  Here are some simple exercises you can do at home, to help with muscle strengthening in order to help prevent falls. Balance exercises Single Leg Balance Stand near a chair or stable object.  Hold with both hands. When steady take one hand off,…


Carers Week 11-17 October 2020

To celebrate carers and recognise the significant contribution they make each and every day, Carers NSW is hosting a range of online wellbeing workshops and webinars during National Carers Week from 11 to 17 October 2020. These replace the activities they would normally have organised for Carers Week due to…


Finding the time to exercise

So, you’re a carer and you don’t have time to exercise… Many carers find it difficult to find time to exercise. However, you need to be fit and healthy to cope with the stresses of caring.  If the carer can’t care, both parties suffer. As little as 30 minutes of…


Shout or you’ll be without!

Shout or you’ll be without! Your vocal muscles need exercise, just like any other group of muscles in your body. Being able to communicate with others is essential to a happy and healthy life. However, Parkinson’s makes all avenues of communication tough. It affects the volume, tone, rhythm and speed…


Try free daily Laughter Yoga via Zoom

Try free daily Laughter Yoga via Zoom Daily Laughter Yoga sessions are now available FREE via Zoom videoconferencing. This is an initiative of Laughter Yoga Teachers Australia wide, coordinated by Laughter Yoga Australia. One session per day is scheduled over each week at different times of the day in order…


How to Fit Regular Exercise into Your Day

How to Fit Regular Exercise into your Day We all seem to busier than we’ve ever been before and fitting exercise into your day can be hard – especially now there are voluntary isolation and social distancing requirements to meet. However, if you have Parkinson’s you need to find time.…

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